Author Archives: Osmond Chia


Which Amazon Kindle to buy? Choosing the one that suits you best

Which Amazon Kindle to buy? Choosing the one that suits you best

Books aren’t dead. Just ask Amazon, which has seen their collection of e-books grow consistently over the past two years. The e-book market today is pretty well-associated with Amazon’s Kindle e-readers. It’s one of the best ways to read these digital books and probably the option with the fewest distractions.

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Reasons against regulating the internet – The Flip Side

Reasons against regulating the internet – The Flip Side

A couple of years ago, the cyber-sphere seemed to be split into two sides: one for internet regulation, and one for absolute freedom of its users. But in recent times, the threat of terrorism, abuse, exploitation and treason have made internet regulation a lot more appealing for nations that once stood by the values of freedom of expression.

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Break’s over: Who’s still up for the Galaxy Fold?

Break’s over: Who’s still up for the Galaxy Fold?

Samsung has had better days. After exploding phones, faulty foldable screens were the last thing it could want. From its PR to R&D departments, things must be pretty intense now at Samsung. It genuinely seems like they have a manufacturing crisis on their hands, with multiple tech reviewers reporting similar cases of damaged screens just within this week. The trend of faulty screens seems to centre on users removing the plastic film over the screen, mistaking it as a pre-installed screen protector.

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The reason why the first-ever black hole photo was such a big deal

The reason why the first-ever black hole photo was such a big deal

During April 2017, the Event Horizon Telescope project turned eight satellites towards a point in space. Scientists were trying to take a photo that would confirm years of speculation and theorizing. They were taking a picture of the now famous black hole at the centre of the Virgo A galaxy Messier 87.

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How to pick an electric skateboard – and avoid expensive mistakes

How to pick an electric skateboard – and avoid expensive mistakes

Skateboarding is awesome, but sweating is not. Thankfully, electric skateboards have entered the scene, letting you savor the satisfying thrills of cruising around, without the discomfort of perspiration.

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Opinion: Google Stadia’s obstacles this year are connectivity and content availability

Opinion: Google Stadia’s obstacles this year are connectivity and content availability

Don’t get us wrong, we want to see Google Stadia succeed as much as the next gamer. Google’s announcement of its upcoming video game streaming service made some serious headlines in the gaming world last week. Stadia is a Netflix-esqe platform where gamers can access a library of high-res games at the push of a button, without any stress on their computer. It’s an absolute dream come true.

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Why mega-zooms like the P30 Pro bring us closer to danger

Why mega-zooms like the P30 Pro bring us closer to danger

There are four cameras on the back of the brand-new Huawei P30 Pro. It has a standard camera; an ultra-wide lens; a “time-of-flight” camera for depth-sensing; but the one that has got us all talking is the telephoto, mega-zoom lens.

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HTC’s downfall: Behind a once-promising smartphone maker’s struggles

HTC’s downfall: Behind a once-promising smartphone maker’s struggles

Sometimes companies vanish without us even realizing. One of these is the Taiwanese tech giant HTC, which made big footprints in the tech world before fading away. You may remember – or even own – some of its products, from the HTC One, Dream, to the legendary EVO 4G. They were pioneers for much of the technology we take for granted today in phones, constantly introducing new ideas that actually made sense.

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Apple Card will make you spend even more money

Apple Card will make you spend even more money

Apple’s event on Monday signaled a new strategy: in addition to tech and products, its new baby would be services. Movie streaming, publications, and perhaps most curiously, banking. It’s called Apple Card, a new credit card linked to Apple Pay that's built into the Wallet app.

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Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime: Which suits you best?

Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime: Which suits you best?

Picking a video streaming service isn’t just an easy pick between Netflix or Hulu anymore. It’s far more complicated than picking a TV channel now, selecting between subscriptions that all have little differences that cost substantial monthly payments. So how do we even begin?

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The Facebook privacy plan should terrify you

The Facebook privacy plan should terrify you

Facebook may look pretty different in years to come. If chief executive Mark Zuckerberg is indeed serious with his 3,200 word essay, detailing a privacy-focused future for his company, it’ll fundamentally change the way we use and think about social media. Then again, that's a pretty big "if."

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Why are airplane black boxes so important?

Why are airplane black boxes so important?

The “black box” on board the devastated Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 was recovered on Tuesday at the crash site, and recently sent to France for further investigation. We hear the words “black box” whenever aviation accidents occur. It’s a colloquial term for what the experts call the flight data recorder, which records information of a flight that is essential for investigators to understand how it all went wrong.

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